Climate Change NGSS MS-ESS3-5

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With these NGSS lesson plans students will learn about global climate change and how it impacts the environment. This resource has ten lessons. Students will be able to ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures

over the past century. Included are a standards poster, posters for stimulating discussion, links to data and videos, informational articles about the carbon cycle and the greenhouse effect, task cards to encourage students to do research on specific topics relating to climate change, directions for demonstrations, 12 essential vocabulary cards, and more!

Lesson 1: Introduction to Climate Change

Lesson 2: Observing Natural Phenomena: Glacier National Park is Melting Away

Lesson 3: The Carbon Cycle

Lesson 4: The Greenhouse Effect

Optional Lesson: The Impact of Agriculture and Industry on the Environment

Lesson 5: Other Impacts of Global Warming/Climate Change

Lesson 6: How is Climate Change Impacting Your State?

Lesson 7: Asking Questions About Data to Clarify Factors That Have Caused the Rise

in Global Temperatures

Lesson 8: What is Your Carbon Footprint?

Lesson 9: A Call to Action: What is Your Carbon Handprint?

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Examples of factors include human activities (such as fossil fuel combustion, cement production, and agricultural activity) and natural processes (such as changes in incoming solar radiation or volcanic activity). Examples of evidence can include tables, graphs, and maps of global and regional temperatures, atmospheric levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and the rates of human activities. Emphasis is on the major role that human activities play in causing the rise in global temperatures.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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